Google Forms Update: Give Feedback via YouTube

Feedback is an important part of the assessment process. When using Google Forms in the quiz configuration, every question comes with the option to add feedback to students for both correct and incorrect answers. In addition to text, teachers could also include a link with their feedback to anything from a website that they had used in class or perhaps a Google Doc that contains notes from a previous class discussion.  Now teachers can also embed a YouTube video into the feedback section of a question.

How it works

  • In Google Forms, create a question and add the possible answer choices.
  • When done, go to the bottom of the question and click on ANSWER KEY to switch panels.

Forms question panel with question and answer choices

  • In the ANSWER KEY panel, if you have not added feedback yet then you will see the option to ADD ANSWER FEEDBACK at the bottom.

Forms answer key without feedback yet

  • If feedback has already been provided, then click on the pencil icon to edit.

Forms answer key with feedback already added

  • On the feedback window, you have the option to add text, insert a link, and now embed a YouTube video. Clicking on the YouTube icon will open the same window seen when using the “Add video” option in Google Forms where you can search YouTube be keywords or paste a direct link into the search box.

Forms "add video" search window

  • NOTE: Depending on what type of question you have chosen, there are feedback options for both INCORRECT ANSWERS and CORRECT ANSWERS.

Forms feedback window with text and YouTube video

  • When you have finished configuring your feedback, click the SAVE button. You will return to the ANSWER KEY panel and a preview of the YouTube video you selected will be embedded below the answer choices.

Forms question with YouTube feedback added

For more information on this and other recent additions to Google Forms, please check out Google’s post on The Keyword blog.

Google Tips & Tricks: Scrolling Banner in Sites

In the days of old, users could add text to their websites that would scroll across the screen, informing visitors of new and important information. Today, with the new Google Sites and their recent addition of the embed tool, users have the option again to add a scrolling banner to their websites…with a little help from Google Slides that is.

To see how this is done, check out the video below from Shawn Beard over at The Techy Coach. Shawn will show you how some text, a little object animation, a smidge of copy-&-paste, and the Publish to the web… option in Google Slides can help you create your own custom banner in a format that can easily be embedded onto a new Google Sites webpage.

New Embed Options for Google Sites

Google_Sites_Insert_Menu-part1Those who have used Google Sites in the past know that the app was in dire need up an update and thankfully, Google recently did just that and delivered a whole new interface for the NEW Google Sites. Since going live, Google has been working to improve the app with tools that were supported in the old version as well as tools to support emerging website technologies. The next chapter in these upgrades has arrived via the Embed URL tool.

Embed URL’s

The Embed URL tool now supports the insertion of whole webpages as an iframe, as long as the website you are trying to include supports it.

  1. Embedded website screenshotIn the new Google Sites, under the INSERT tab click on the Embed URL tool to get started.
  2. Paste the link to the website you’d like to embed into your website into the box provided. If you see a preview of the website appear, then the site supports embedding.
  3. Click the ADD button to complete the process.

One way that I see myself taking advantage of this feature is to embed YouTube Playlists into a webpage, which the Insert > YouTube option does not currently support. If you have successfully embedded other types of content into a new Google Sites webpage then please share your story in the comments below.

For more information about embedding objects into the new Google Sites, please check out their GSuite Updates blog here.

Embed HTML & Javascript

The ability to embed HTML code and Javascript in the new Google Sites has been a much requested feature and now, it is finally here. This newest feature has been added to the ‘Embed’ tool from the Google Sites INSERT menu.

  1. Sites embed code window screenshotAfter clicking on the Embed URL tool a pop-up window with be displayed.
  2. The first tab is for embedding content by URL as stated above. Click on the second tab option to embed code.
  3. Paste your HTML or Javascript code into the box provided, then click the NEXT button.
  4. Sites embed code preview window screenshotSites will test the code and if successful will show a preview of your embedded widget. If you need to edit the code, click the pencil icon located in the center of the preview image.
  5. When finished, click the INSERT button to add it to your webpage.

For more information about embedding objects into the new Google Sites, please check out their GSuite Updates blog here.

Embed Videos w/Google Drawings

Embedding videos inside of Google products has sometimes been an absolute bear to achieve. For example, if you wanted to embed or ‘Insert’ a video into a Google Slides presentation then the video had to be accessible via YouTube. However, if you give Google some time and engage in that age-old practice of patience then things can change, like how now you can embed video files into a slide from Google Drive. Here’s the thing, if you can do this then you can embed a video into a Google Doc.


I know, I know, there is not Insert -> Video… option inside of Google Docs. But, there is the option to insert a Google Drawing and this is your “IN”. Thanks to Joli Boucher over at Flipped Tech Coaching, here is a video that will walk you through the process.

This work around has great potential for those who are getting into creating HyperDocs and now HyperDrawings. It allows teachers and students to interact with different types of media without having to jump between tabs or windows. That is, until Google gets around to adding the Insert -> Video… option into Google Docs.

~”If you send them feedback, they might just make it happen.”

Embed YouTube w/o Related Videos

The YouTube coin:coin_thumbs_down_T

  • On one side you have a ginormous reservoir of digital media that many educators have gone to support and enhance their lessons.
  • On the other you have the those suggested/related videos that display at the end of the video, and some use the term “related” very loosely.

But, thanks to a recent posting on Google+ from Tony Vincent over at Learning in Hand, I learned that there is a way to disable the related videos from showing at the end when you go to embed a YouTube video:

  1. Scroll down beneath the YouTube video and click on the ‘Share’ button.
  2. Click on the ‘Embed’ option to reveal the embed code for the video.
  3. Click on the SHOW MORE link located just below the embed code box.
  4. The window will expand to show a preview of the video an additional customization options such as video size and player controls. The first checkbox is the one you want which is enabled by default: “Show suggested videos when the video finishes.” Uncheck this box to disable the suggested/related videos panels from being displayed at the end of the YouTube video.
  5. Copy-&-paste the revised embed code and add it to your project.

If you’d like to share a YouTube video without any of the distractions found on their site, then you should check out the site


HowTo – Embed a Google Drive Folder

This tutorial will show how to embed a Google Drive folder onto a webpage.

What you will need:

  1. A website service that gives you a button, tool, and/or ability to embed HTML code.
  2. The HTML code for embedding a Google Drive folder (see below).
  3. A folder in Google Drive with its Sharing permissions appropriately set for your intended audience.

Embed codes for ‘List’ and ‘Grid’ views are available for copying here.

My thanks to the programmers at for asking this question, coming up with an answer, and sharing the embed code and tip for how to locate a GDrive ‘FOLDER-ID.’


Embedding a YouTube Playlist

When building webpages that will contain lots of media, I try to be cognizant of how much I put on a single page and how it will affect its ability to load in a timely matter. Embedded YouTube videos don’t put much of a strain on this process…that is, until you have 10+ embedded videos on a page.  I wondered if Google Sites would support embedding a YouTube playlist, and the answer is yes.

You will need to get the embed code for the playlist from YouTube, then use the Insert -> More gadgets… tool to grab the embed gadget. When complete, users can select from any video in your playlist using a drop-down menu located in the top-left corner of the YouTube interface on your webpage. I successfully used this for a playlist of student projects/presentations I’ve published as well as my tutorials playlist. You can see the finish product by clicking here

YouTube Embed Code image

Embedding a Twitter Feed in Google Sites

Today, most conferences and workshops deploy a Twitter hashtag for attendees to use during the event to share what they’ve learned, are getting excited about, or what they’ve thought as just plain cool. This also helps those in charge of the event by giving them a medium for receiving feedback about individual sessions, speakers, and how the overall experience went.

As part of a Summer Institute run by the York Schools Department, I have been helping to build the website for Part 2 of this 4-day event called the GAFE Peak site. I was asked to embed a Twitter feed that would follow our hashtag: #gafepeak, and while there was a gadget in the past that supported this it has since been removed. However, thanks to a handy tutorial on YouTube by Chantelle Leavett and Twitter’s Widgets tool I was able to pull it off.